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Re: Morel Mushrooms & Wild Foods

Postby Smokehouse Shiner » Tue Mar 29, 2011 2:01 pm

Bump. It's early in the year yet but I couldn't resist poking around one of my honey holes(I don't wanna hear it :roll: ). And so I present the first two Morels of the year...
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:doh: I know they're not much but like I said it's early. I usually get at least a couple hundred big suckers when the season gets right. Still a month or so out. I did grill these guys up with some pork chops last night. Tasty but just a tease... Edit: Holy Screenbreaker, Batman! Can someone fix that huge picture please?? Sorry I'll resize next time.. :oops:
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Re: Morel Mushrooms & Wild Foods

Postby punkin » Tue Mar 29, 2011 2:43 pm

We went hunting in the pine forest last weekend. got a stack of Lactarius deliciosus, aka Milk caps.

Very nice tucker, taste a little like a mushroom chip after frying up.

Polish community here just love em.


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Some were bigger than my hand and we could have picked buckets of em.
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Re: Morel Mushrooms & Wild Foods

Postby zedzedtop » Tue Mar 29, 2011 3:52 pm

I'm sure you know what you're doing punkin, but around here there are other milk caps (not deliciosa) that are not good to eat. Lactarius has several species. Mostly under oak here.... Hopefully there will be some good morel finds too. Not too much burning this last summer, but there was the summer before.
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Re: Morel Mushrooms & Wild Foods

Postby wolfman1961 » Tue Mar 29, 2011 4:12 pm

You'll all be dead or in hospital yet,,eatin that shit :barf: :barf:
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Re: Morel Mushrooms & Wild Foods

Postby Smokehouse Shiner » Tue Mar 29, 2011 5:16 pm

zedzedtop wrote:I'm sure you know what you're doing punkin, but around here there are other milk caps (not deliciosa) that are not good to eat. Lactarius has several species. Mostly under oak here.... Hopefully there will be some good morel finds too. Not too much burning this last summer, but there was the summer before.

The Morels round here come back every year in the same spots. No need for forest fires! Rocky hillsides covered with Sycamore groves. :wink: Look for Mayflowers, too.
wolfman1961 wrote:You'll all be dead or in hospital yet,,eatin that shit :barf: :barf:
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Re: Morel Mushrooms & Wild Foods

Postby punkin » Wed Mar 30, 2011 12:15 am

zedzedtop wrote:I'm sure you know what you're doing punkin, but around here there are other milk caps (not deliciosa) that are not good to eat. Lactarius has several species. Mostly under oak here.... Hopefully there will be some good morel finds too. Not too much burning this last summer, but there was the summer before.


Not so much here i guess. When i asked (those i trust) i was told that there aren't really any lookalikes and as long as the latex is orange and it bruises green i'm sweet to go. :8)
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Re: Morel Mushrooms & Wild Foods

Postby stilln n chilln » Wed Mar 30, 2011 3:09 pm

I can't wait for the morels to start popping. It's usually late April / early May in my part of Michigan. Morels, leeks, and turkeys. Great time of the year. About that same time the crappies start spawning. So many tasties available in nature! :!:
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Re: Morel Mushrooms & Wild Foods

Postby Rebel_Yell » Wed Mar 30, 2011 8:07 pm

Got my first morel on the 28th of MArch
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Re: Morel Mushrooms & Wild Foods

Postby big worm » Thu Mar 31, 2011 1:18 pm

i went to the mushroom mountain yesterday and olga walked me out to the "morel woods" right behind their house and she picked 5 small ones within 5min i did not see one :(
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Re: Morel Mushrooms & Wild Foods

Postby Rebel_Yell » Thu Mar 31, 2011 7:10 pm

You were ogling Olga...
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Re: Morel Mushrooms & Wild Foods

Postby pintoshine » Sun May 08, 2011 9:15 pm

I haven't seen any morels this year but my son found a couple 2 lb pear shaped puffballs today. Man are those tasty sauteed. It smelled up the whole house with unami.
It is wonderful to have a local option this early in the spring. Usually I have to wait until June for those.
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Re: Morel Mushrooms & Wild Foods

Postby 777 seas » Mon Feb 27, 2012 11:04 am

Some lovely mushies from last spring, the puffball wieghed in at 12 Lbs. Sliced it like steaked breaded w/ seasonings and pan fry. Almost 15 Lbs of morels, dehydrated most of them for winter with crream of morel soup, and french onion and morel soup, goes good with a imperial stout on a cold day after hunting chukar and grouse.
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Re: Morel Mushrooms & Wild Foods

Postby hard times » Mon Feb 27, 2012 11:22 am

Right around Easter and after in the northeast.
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Re: Morel Mushrooms & Wild Foods

Postby Zymurgy Bob » Mon Feb 27, 2012 12:23 pm

777 seas wrote:Some lovely mushies from last spring, the puffball wieghed in at 12 Lbs. Sliced it like steaked breaded w/ seasonings and pan fry. Almost 15 Lbs of morels, dehydrated most of them for winter with crream of morel soup, and french onion and morel soup, goes good with a imperial stout on a cold day after hunting chukar and grouse.

You sound like a man who understands the good life, especially when you add the chukar and grouse to the morel meal.

Do puffballs really grow in in juniper/sage country? I had no idea.
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Re: Morel Mushrooms & Wild Foods

Postby 777 seas » Mon Feb 27, 2012 12:46 pm

Yup that one was the biggest I've ever seen it had a brother right next to it that was about 8 Lbs. The area was right next to a run off creek at the base of monument wilderness in oregon just about 1 mile up the road it transitions into timber. Guess it was wet enough for them, and it was early june. You could not drive 50 feet without spotting big juicy morels on the hill sides. But the down side is you have to save the mushrooms if you want them with game bird cause season doesnt start until july when mushies have already passed. Unless you can nab a spring turkey, love to eat them but hate cleaning turkey.
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